This classic red-brick house is the one that Steve Martin’s character Neal owned in the 1987 John Hughes comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles. He spent most of the movie trying to get back to it in time for Thanksgiving.
The house where it was filmed is in Kenilworth, Illinois. It’s on the market for $1.799 million, so let’s see how it looks today!
The “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” Movie House Today
John Candy played Del in the movie, who ends up traveling with Neal.
Interspersed with scenes of them being stranded in airports, sleeping in seedy motels (“those aren’t pillows!”), and watching their rental car go up in flames, we saw Neal’s wife and 3 kids back at the house, waiting for him to get home.
We only get a few glimpses inside the Planes, Trains and Automobiles house.
So it surprised me to read on the IMDb website that 7 interior sets were built for Neal’s house.
It took them 5 months to create them and cost $100,000, “which angered Paramount executives and caused turmoil on the set.”
If they spent all the time and money on them, I wish they would have filmed more of the rooms for us!
The blue tile in the kitchen doesn’t seem to go with anything else in the house:
Inside the Real “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” House Today:
According to the listing:
“Stately, red brick center entry Colonial…with 3 car garage, 2 blocks to Lake Michigan, features 6 bedrooms, 3.2 baths, first floor library, sunroom, first family room, eat in kitchen, finished basement & 3rd floor!”
The house was built in 1916.
For more photos and information, check the listing.
A lot of people have pointed out the similarities between the Planes, Trains and Automobiles house and the one from John Hughes’ classic comedy Home Alone, which was on the market recently, as well. Some have even asked if they’re the same house — but as you can see below, they’re different.
Here’s another shot of the Planes, Trains and Automobiles house:
The Home Alone house is bigger and lacks the third dormer the one from Planes, Trains and Automobiles has:
It’s one of my favorite movie houses. You can see the (real) interior of the Home Alone house here.